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Donovan's Reef (1963)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Jun 5, 2001

Budget $2,686,585

Running Time
1 hour, 49 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
John Ford Productions, Paramount Pictures

Studio Paramount

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Other Titles
• Donovan's Reef (1963)
• Tre della croce del Sud, I (1963)
• Die Hafenkneipe von Tahiti (1963)

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Genre: Action, Romance, Comedy, Kidnapping, Love, Christmas

Plot: The hilarious DONOVAN'S REEF, one of John Ford's rare but memorable forays into comedy, is set on the South Sea island of Haleakoloha, where two navy buddies have decided to stay after World War II. Michael "Guns" Donovan (John Wayne) and Aloysius "Boats" Gilhooley (Lee Marvin), who like to celebrate their mutual birthday every year by trying to beat the hell out of each other, are enacting the ritual in Guns's bar, Donovan's Reef. Dr. William Dedham (Jack Warden), scion of a wealthy family and another societal dropout, breaks up the fight after an appropriate amount of damage has been done. He soon learns that his very proper daughter, Amelia (Elizabeth Allen), is about to arrive from Boston, unaware that he's had three children by a Polynesian princess. Dedham persuades Guns to pretend to be the father of his kids during the visit in order to be spared Amelia's wrath. While Dedham's daughter is initially put off by the juvenile antics of Donovan's crew, the tavern owner's feelings toward her are far more positive. After she beats him in a swimming competition, she begins to see his appeal. Filmed in Kauai, Hawaii, this entertaining family-oriented comedy is stoked with broad physical gags and the inspired tomfoolery of the cast. The most notable performance belongs to Wayne,

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 Directed by
John Ford
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Searchers, The Grapes of Wrath
 Written by
Edmund Beloin
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James Edward Grant
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John Wayne
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Lee Marvin
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Dorothy Lamour
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Elizabeth Allen
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Jack Warden
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Cesar Romero
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Dick Foran
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 Music By
Cyril J. Mockridge
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